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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
Introduction


Gambles are warranted in the mobile space, that’s how things move forward with momentum. Some pan out for the best, while others are crushing blows that catapult companies back to the drawing board. Last year, veteran smartphone maker HTC took the biggest gamble with the HTC One, a smartphone that eventually became the company’s best-selling and most popular smartphone of all time.

The competition was thick and fierce during 2013, and by the year’s end, the HTC One’s presence in the space became a bit clouded – due to immense competition it had to deal with throughout the year. Nonetheless, no one really came close to producing a smartphone that matched the HTC One’s premium metal design. As if the smartphone wasn’t a gamble on its own, the Taiwanese based company took another gamble with its ‘UltraPixel’ camera. Touted for its low lighting performance and larger pixel size, HTC believed that the combination would be enough to steer consumers’ minds to thinking that more megapixels doesn’t necessarily translate to better photos.

Well, we know too dearly how that all panned out, as the quality from its ‘UltraPixel’ camera couldn’t quite keep up with its rivals. For 2014, HTC improved every single aspect of the phone for its successor, the 2014 version of the HTC One. Obviously, there are specific reasons as to why you should pick up one smartphone over the other, but nevertheless, we know some of you are itching to know exactly how much better the new HTC One fares against the old – so let’s find out for sure how HTC is able to follow up.

Design


It’s plainly evident how the design of HTC One has evolved with this latest model, since we feel as though it moves in the correct direction by being sturdier in construction, more stylish, and comfortable to hold. First and foremost, we really enjoy how the new HTC One features more metal with its design. In fact, the chassis is now comprised out of 90% metal, in comparison to the 70% figure of its predecessor. Looking meticulously at the brushed aluminum casing of the new HTC One, it absolutely has more of a pronounced metal appearance due to the milling process – whereas with the old HTC One, it’s seems subdued by comparison.

Of course, the size difference between the two shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, especially when the new HTC One bears a larger 5-inch display. You’d think that the smaller footprint of the 2013 HTC One (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches versus 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches) would benefit it in making it the comfier handset to handle in the hand, but that’s not exactly the result. Considering that the metal frame of the new HTC One extends from edge-to-edge, while also sporting a generally curvier trim, it constitutes in giving it the more comfortable feel. Indeed, the two sport a subtle arch with their rear casings, but the sharper chamfered beveled edges of the old HTC One digs into our hand more.

Looking at the two, there’s no questioning that the new HTC One bears that evolutionary design, but it’s not as dramatic when compared to the design direction that HTC established with the first model. Yet, we have to applaud them for improving every aspect of the new design, despite the fact that it still generally bears the foundational elements of its predecessor’s design language. The old HTC One earns adulation for its fresh and innovative design, but the new HTC One equally deserves the same love.

Relying on that signature design, the new HTC One doesn’t stray far from what we’ve seen previously. However, we need to applaud HTC for improving the feel and responses of its power button and volume controls. No longer are they indistinct, which was a troublesome issue with the 2013 model. Beyond that, everything from before makes an appearance again – like its dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, microUSB ports, and various mics. Again, HTC listened to the complaints about the original HTC One lacking memory expansion, and rectified it with the introduction of a microSD slot with the new model.

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One
5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.



Display


Everyone was expecting something crazy like 2K resolution displays with this year’s crop of flagship smartphones, but after Mobile World Congress 2014, that expectation quelled down tremendously. Therefore, we shouldn’t be too critical when comparing the new HTC One’s display to its predecessor. Well, the only thing separating them are their sizes, and the newer Gorilla Glass in use with the newer model. Specifically, the HTC One M8 features a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD-3 display with Gorilla Glass 3 – while the HTC One M7 bears a 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD-3 panel with Gorilla Glass 2.

The increase in size is a logical one for HTC to pursue, more so when everyone’s flagship devices measured up at 5-inches at the minimum. Factoring their sizes and identical resolutions, the newer model’s pixel density is a smidgen lower than its predecessor – 441 ppi versus 468 ppi to be exact. Even though the 2013 HTC One is technically higher on paper, it doesn’t really appear sharper as our eyes feast on the two displays.

To the untrained eye, the improvements seen with the new display might be regarded as subtle or non-existent, but rest assured, they are absolutely there. Employing Super LCD-3 technology as before, the new HTC One’s display is more vibrant and color accurate. In fact, it improves on almost every single display category that matters to us. Firstly, its color temperature of ~7200K bests its predecessor’s 8000K, giving it a more iridescent glow. And on top of that, colors produced by the new HTC One’s display are more accurate too. Finally, the last piece in making the new display superior is its higher brightness of 490 nits – eclipsing its predecessor’s tally of 460 nits.



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 490
(Good)
16
(Poor)
1:1362
(Excellent)
7182
(Good)
2.11
4.33
(Average)
4.82
(Average)
HTC One 460
(Good)
14
(Poor)
1:1758
(Excellent)
8008
(Poor)
2.21
5.89
(Average)
5.33
(Average)
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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:42 8

1. Maryewww (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Both are awesome lookers! but i still tend to fancy the m7 more!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:01

7. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


m7 is perfect size....

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:31 9

10. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Not exactly perfect size. M7 is slightly bigger than the 5 inch wielding S4, while still having a 4.7 inch display.

As for the M8, by just looking at the picture, with no fore knowledge of which is which, The original HTC One (M7) looks better than the M8, as though M7 was released after M8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:50 3

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


agree,

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:50 2

19. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2700; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Both Ones FTW.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:05 1

26. cncrim (Posts: 524; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


M7 has is sweet spot, M8 black bar turn me off.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:17

27. cncrim (Posts: 524; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Look here if you askhttp://bit.ly/1lb40ru

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:47 7

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 653; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


the m7 still looks much better, i dont like the uneven grills, and the curves on the m8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:59 3

6. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


and the m8 is to loong

the plastic sandwhich has been replaced by metal, which is great quality

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:47 3

18. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Agreed.

HTC as usual.. is about 85% there.. everything looks great then there is one major DOH!

Epic fail as far as I'm concerned with moving the controls to on screen. Even more of a fail to retain the black dead space below the screen. HTC missed an opportunity to shrink the phone size here.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:47 3

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 473; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The cameras are basically identical,.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:58 10

5. tech2 (Posts: 2241; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


M8 is a step backwards. It doesn't have an OIS

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:33

11. ToxiD (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


But it got improved camera so after all it does better shots than M7.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:57 2

4. wildhammer (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


M8 has got a great display!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:18

8. papss (unregistered)


The m8 is a step forward in every regard.. It looks better as well and the metal finish on the new one makes the m7 look cheaper somehow

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:28 1

9. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I like both.
Nice designs HTC.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:38

12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Iv a m7 and like it very much but i think m8 almost complete in every aspect except ois..
I m going for m8 soon but keep my lovely m7 too.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:47 1

13. pookiewood (Posts: 616; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


M7, only Android device I'd consider buying. M8 is now the second Android device I'd consider buying. Both are great looking devices. I really love the red and blue M7 colors.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:39

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 1454; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They'd probably release other color options after a few months. But I'd also much prefer a red or a blue m8 too

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:12

15. youlookfoolish (Posts: 124; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


The battery improvements and addition of tri-band LTE for Sprint make the M8 a no brainer.

However I prefer the M7's size and black color as opposed to silver and gun metal. And the cameras are similar with louder audio output on the M7. So, the M8 is nice but only because of mitigating circumstances will I consider it over the M7.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:28

16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1048; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Absolutely no reason to buy the newer model. Let's see if this will be a trend this year; im guessing yes.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:22

21. pookiewood (Posts: 616; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Hoping Nokia bucks the "trend" next week. Really hoping for some greatness to be shown.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:58

20. jad_haddad (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


What will be the cheapeast phone between Htc One M8, Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:50

23. Android89 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Well in the uk atleast in most places its £530 to £550 for the M8, £540-550 for the z2 and £550-570 for the S5

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:01

22. Android89 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


So for the second year running the speakers sound great but are not as loud as HTC Claim? last year they claimed 93db turned out to be around 75db, this year they claimed 20% louder but infact they are lower.

Excellent sound though non the less

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:44

24. Rager722 (Posts: 180; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Does the browser of the M8 have flash support? Someone please reply.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:44

25. Android89 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Cant remember if it does as i forgot to check but it probably does and even if it doesnt. there was a link on this site to download flash player on 4.4

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:35 1

28. rsiders (Posts: 282; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Let me say this once and for all: last year's HTC One was absolutely perfect in design. This year's elongated, hyper curved model takes a back seat to last year's overall sexiness. That is all. Just my two cents.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:50

29. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:51

30. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 05:02

31. Onami (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


What they have done to HTC One M7? They ruined its design...

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 12:17

32. R-vjn (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Both are amazing but still prefer the M7. Also, the size increase is huge from the M7 to M8, considering the screen size. In a world where the display size for flagships are growing day after day, OEM's should probably start working on making the body as small as possible like what LG is doing. And my god, I'm waiting for the mighty G3...aww..!!

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 08:21

33. gabrielvoica (Posts: 57; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


loved the M7,can't wait to have the M8...

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